After finding the wonderful Alhambra Halal Meat Co. in the Mission and the perfect organic, free range, halal Mary's turkey last year through my fellow Hounds, I haven't had the same luck this year with Alhambra going out of business and thought I'd share my adventures with those of you that might be in the same boat.
The most common local producers that provide fresh halal turkeys are Fulton Valley Farms and Mary's. Through the grapevine, I've heard that Fulton Valley Farm's halal turkeys are easier to find, but Melanie alerted me to this last year. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4609...
Currently I have an order in at Berkeley Bowl West for an organic, free range Mary's for $3.39/lb. Free range is 2.19/lb. Although I decided last year that there really was no difference in taste between halal and non-halal given that the birds come from the same producers, I'm going to continue to look for an organic halal turkey (preferably Mary's) to make mum happy. I did, however, recently find this. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...
Magnani Poultry also carries Mary's free range for $2.59, organic for $3.99, and although they have carried halal in the past, are not ordering them this year.
Whole Foods Berkeley does not carry Mary's nor any other brand of halal. Whole Foods Walnut Creek has American Heirloom for $4.99/lb., Whole Foods Natural for $1.99/lb., Heidi Organic for $3.69/lb., and Diestel for $2.49/lb.
I have heard good things about Salama Halal Meat in SF from parents' friends who own restaurants in the City so I called them and they will be getting their turkeys in on the 17th, but a brand I had never heard of that started with an 's.' For me, Mary's overrides unknown brand.
Andronico's carries Mary's free range for $2.49/lb. and organic for $4.29/lb. according to their website. However, after calling the Shattuck store found out that prices in store won't be finalized until last week and I don't think the person I spoke to knew what halal meant by the way he hesitated before saying no. One neat feature: you can order online. http://www.andronicos.com/turkey/
Indus Food Center in Berkeley will have some kind of halal turkey next week for $1.49/lb. The woman couldn't tell me the brand, date they would be in, or whether they would be organic or not. Most places seem to be getting their deliveries on the 17th so I'll call back then.
Anyone have any other leads on where to get fresh halal turkeys (you'll get an additional gold star if it's Mary's)? I've heard that most halal butchers have access to the frozen Al Marwah brand which I've never tried before, but the Bay Area in me just can't give up on at least the free range and the fresh.
Last year: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/571113
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703
1576 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA
Salama Halal Meat
604 Geary St, San Francisco, CA
Berkeley Bowl West
920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA